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August 31, 2008

Palin and the Other Women

The campaign (and pundits) seem to think picking Palin will pick up disaffected Hillary voters. I doubt it. Let's think about who the Hillary voters are. First, some are ardent feminists, furious with the rejection of a highly qualified woman. It's unlikely that they'll go for a pro-life, relative3ly unqualified candidate. A second bloc are those who don't want to vote for black. They'll vote for McCain (or more accurately against Obama) in any case, regardless of the VP.

While I do think the Palin pick might help lure women, it's not the women all the pundits are talking about. The Palin pick will help attract moderate, young evangelical women, whom Obama had targeted, and it will insure that conservative evangelical women will show up at the polls and work hard. It might also with undecided, independent women who were not Hillary supporters and are still on the fence.

This article is cross-posted from Steve Waldman's blog at Beliefnet.

Comments

Is Steve Waldman saying that all the unhappy Hillary voters are either hardcore feminists or dyed in the wool bigots? Did I read that right? Because I don't believe either group to be very large.

I don't get this at all.

Is there any evidence that HIllary voters chose their candidate because they were racist? What a slanderous charge

Also, I suppose if they chose Hillary over Barack because he was unqualified, then it MIGHT stand to reason that they wouldn't want a VP with similar qualifications (albeit more executive experience than Barack).

Weird.

I am a moderate, young evangelical woman and I will NOT be voting for Sarah Palin.

I also am a moderate, young evangelical woman, and I am not sure what to think about Sarah Palin. Surely there are more qualified women who could make a great VP pick - Elizabeth Dole for example, or Condoleezza Rice.

I in my late 40s am what you would call an "old" moderate. And I am EXCITED about Sarah Palin. I live in Illinois and see her experience as far more than Barak Obama. She has worn many more hats in her lifetime and worn them well. I am voting for and doing the leg work to see this one through.

I am not middle aged. But I emember when several of my class mates disappeared because they had gone to backdoor abortionist to get rid of their prgnancies. The jobs were botched and my class mates disappered because of septic. The fact is that tunless young people are properly edcucated there will always be unwanted pregnancies. Even though I did not believe in abortion I lobbied hard to get the backdoor persons out nd allow those who so desiered to have a decent abortion. At leaset if my colleagues had been alowed to have an abortion under better circumstances they may have been alive today. There may be aspects of the laws that permit pregancies of underage to have abortions . i do not agree with that but at least it has gone a far way towards rectifying the probelems

"America First" or "Family First" Which will it be?

Governor Palin may be able to take her baby to work with her and nurse during a meeting as Governor of Alaska - a state with a population of 626,000 people. It is a different story being the VP of the United States. No CEO in any corporation would do such a thing. I think a woman with children is certainly capable of being the VP or president of the US, but I do question the judgment and "family first" priority of a new mother with a newborn having special needs.

When it comes down to it, where will her allegiance be? With the MILLIONS of people relying upon her to lead the country, or with her children, whether they be pregnant, sick or whatever the issue? Will she be in the Middle East brokering a peace deal and suddenly have to fly home to attend to the health care needs of her infant son? She would be a cruel, heartless mother if she did no less, but she will be an ineffective, laughable joke of a world leader if she places her family priorities ahead of her country.

I have never heard anyone express concern that a male president/vice president might put his family first. Is this because everyone is sure that men wouldn't put their family over their country? Did anyone, but me, worry when former President Clinton seemed to put his hormones ahead of his concern for family or country? I would much rather have a mother feeding her baby, or changing him/her, in the oval office, than the things that our former president did there. It would be a much better influence on our young people.

This is the opinion of a mother of 9, grandmother of 16, and great grandmother of 3, with 2 on the way, who had to work outside the home because her husband went home of mama and left the raising of the children entirely up to Mom.

what are we really willing to give up to have a woman in the white house as Vp?what do we really know about sarah palin? seem to me the ohly thing she cares about is how far she can go in her political career.I have no repect foe any woman who has a special needs baby and a daughter who has lost her way by getting pregnant because her mother don't have time for her,she is to busy running for vp.she is the govonor of a state that should be good enough. that takes a lot away from the family.and another thing she wants her 17 year old daughter to get married to a young man who 18.thats ohly to save face. its not right what she is doing to her family. and what kind of man would let his wife get away with that? I see who wears the pants in his family. if that was obama's daughter they would jump all over him and his daughter.just to get a woman in the white house seem to be the answer they want. don't know anything about her, and mccaine is an old fool whos willing to put everyone in harms way.he did not even know the woman. so if we as americans fall for this, we will fall for anything,we did with the the Bushes..